Anyway the phrase "deadbeat nation" is going to have a lot more resonance coming out of Obama's mouth than in Rubio's letter.
In a bizarre twist, the U.S Government has apparently adopted a tactic normally reserved for deadbeat dads on Superbowl Sunday.
When marriages fail, the deadbeat dad is the norm in American society, not the exception.
It caught a lot of people's ears just now when Obama said, "We are not a deadbeat nation."
The claims have led one tabloid to brand Jenner a “deadbeat daughter.”
I knew you looked a deadbeat, but Id no idea I was quite so bad, he said.
The bartender, accepting the situation as generally inclusive, put his hands up along with his deadbeat patrons.
The sparrow was deadbeat, and was travelling slowly to the north and west on a zigzag course, about two hundred feet high.
"worthless sponging idler," 1863, American English slang, perhaps originally Civil War slang, from dead (adj.) + beat. Earlier used colloquially as an adjectival expression to mean "completely beaten" (1821), and perhaps the base notion is of "worn out, good for nothing." It is noted in a British source from 1861 as a term for "a pensioner."
In England "dead beat" means worn out, used up. ... But here, "dead beat" is used, as a substantive, to mean a scoundrel, a shiftless, swindling vagabond. We hear it said that such a man is a beat or a dead beat. The phrase thus used is not even good slang. It is neither humorous nor descriptive. There is not in it even a perversion of the sense of the words of which it is composed. Its origin is quite beyond conjecture. ["Americanisms," in "The Galaxy," January 1878]It also was used of a kind of regulating mechanism in pendulum clocks.
To sponge, loaf, etc: Living off interest is not exactly deadbeating
[1863+; fr dead, ''complete, completely'' and beat, ''sponger'']